Venezuela’s Socialist Tragedy Was Predictable – But No Less Horrifying

Socialism does not work, has never worked, and will never work.

To watch Venezuela’s downfall is to be horrified. Venezuelans have been reduced to zombies. They have to queue for hours just to obtain a bag of rice or a few eggs. Eight out of 10 medicines are not available. There is no toilet roll, and toothpaste and contraceptives are extremely hard to obtain. The minimum wage – including luncheon vouchers – is the equivalent of £3.70 a month.

In the face of all this, Nicolás Maduro, the Venezuelan president, has now taken the obvious next step in his socialist dictator’s playbook and banned the main opposition parties from contesting presidential elections next year. The country’s atrocious economic situation has made him so detested that he couldn’t possibly win free and fair elections. That is a tragedy, but as with many tragedies, it is in large part self-inflicted.  Telegraph

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Venezuela’s Currency Is So Worthless, They’re Weighing It Instead Of Counting

Venezuela is a great example of socialism and what a failure it is.

Venezuela’s money is so worthless that shopkeepers have reportedly taken to weighing it instead of counting it out.

Venezuelans can’t fit enough money to buy goods into their wallets, so they stuff bundles of cash into bags that are weighed by shopkeepers.

Humberto Gonzalez, who runs a delicatessen in the country, uses the same scales to weigh cheese.

Venezuela’s inflation rate is at more than 808 percent, according to Forbes, and the country’s economic czar doesn’t even believe in inflation. Venezuela is essentially bankrupt and faces massive shortages of food and products. To make things even worse, the nation is widely regarded as one of the most corrupt countries on Earth and may have the world’s highest murder rate. DailyCaller


Venezuela, Iran, USA, Drug Traffickers, And Terrorism

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran in 2015. (Image Source: TeleSUR video screenshot)
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran meets in 2015. (Image Source: TeleSUR video screenshot)

Venezuela the socialist paradise is a state imploding and collapsing.  It is a nightmare for its citizens and a threat to regional and U.S. security.

Amidst the unspeakable economic distress facing residents of Venezuela today, security experts have identified yet another major cause for concern emanating from this once prosperous, oil-rich nation: Iran is moving in, partnering with Venezuela’s prosperous drug traders and creating a foothold there, as well as in other “friendly” Latin American countries. Iran is laundering money in Latin America and presumably secretly plotting to accomplish a strategic long-term goal topenetrate the Western hemisphere.

Iran’s terrorist activities, its partnership with Venezuelan drug traffickers and the general criminal atmosphere affects the citizens of Caracas so much that people reportedly are fearful of even going to the store to wait in the endless lines for food.

In Venezuela, security analysts say, the corruption starts at the very top with President Nicolas Maduro himself, who is looking frantically for money in every crevasse to keep the nation and his presidency afloat. Reports estimate that in Venezuela one police officer dies every day and the number of homicides per capita in Caracas is the highest in the world.

National crime statistics, however, seem to be just the start: deeper and more alarming than the Venezuelan homicide toll, there appears to be an imminent threat to the entire Western hemisphere from partnerships between Venezuelan drug traffickers and terrorist networks likeHamas and Hezbollah, two groups that act a proxies for Iran.

Together, terrorism and illegal drugs represent a significant export for Venezuela. Iran and Venezuela partner together to move terrorist cells and drugs to hubs in the United States and throughout North America.  Gatestoneinstutute

Venezuela Socialism Utopia, Babies In Cardboard Boxes


A brave Venezuelan doctor, at Las Garzas hospital, anonymously sent photos of newborns in boxes to opposition lawmaker/Congressman Manuel Ferreira.

Venezuelans can no longer get their hands on 80% of basic goods (food, medicine, etc). Hospitals and heath clinics are no exception.

A dozen eggs was last reported to cost $150, and the International Monetary Fund “predicts that inflation in Venezuela will hit 720% this year. That might be an optimistic assessment, according to some local economic analysts, who expect the rate to reach as high as 1,200%. GatestoneInstitute

Venezuela’s economy was destroyed by Hugo Chavez’s Utopian Socialist experiment.

For 20 years, Venezuela’s economy was gradually destroyed by ‘Chavismo’, an authoritarian form of Socialism that wrecked the private sector with mass nationalization and regulation. DailyMail

‘Chavismo’ has plunged the country of Venezuela into a nightmare of extreme poverty.

Current Venezuela President Maduro refuses outside help, blames Saudi Arabia, the United States and others for the problems in the country and continues with proven failed policies and philosophies.

Efforts to convince Maduro to enlist help from outside have failed, according to a report in the Catholic magazine, Crux:

Maduro has refused to accept help from international charitable organizations, including the Vatican-sponsored Caritas Internationalis, which through different affiliates has tried to send medicine and food.

“Denying that there’s a crisis and refusing to let the world send medicine and food is not possible,” said Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, archbishop of Caracas.

The prelate believes that Maduro is refusing to accept help in an attempt to hide the “very grave situation of total shortage,” which far from improving, he said, continues to deteriorate. GatestoneInstitute

‘Why shouldn’t we enjoy ourselves just because the country is burning?’  DailyMail

Oil-rich Venezuela was once a prospering nation that is now in a death spiral, except for a small group of political elite.

Socialism is not an effective economic system.

“The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

Margaret Thatcher said of the British Labor Party:
I think they’ve made the biggest financial mess that any government’s ever made in this country for a very long time, and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them. They then start to nationalise everything, and people just do not like more and more nationalisation, and they’re now trying to control everything by other means.”  GatestoneInstitute

Progressive leftist in America are eager to have, more government regulations and  more government control of stuff.  A government that can not even run an immigration system.  A government that initiates and forces with lies a failing healthcare system on Americans.

“Chavismo,” a left-wing political ideology that favors nationalization and social welfare programs over free market development. PBS

This is what progressive leftist are eager for,  an ideologue that creates extreme rates of inflation, rising crime and murder rates, allegations of corruption, starving people, lack of medicines in hospitals and heath clinics, and newborn babies in a hospital in boxes instead of nursery bassinets.



Online: Photos of babies in cardboard boxes highlight Venezuela crisis

Online:  Gatestone Institute – Venezuela’s “Death Spiral”

Online:  Super-rich Socialists quaff champagne in Venezuela country club while middle class mothers scavenge for scraps in the gutter

Socialism Fail: Venezuela Bakes $65,000 Cake To Honor Dead Dictator While Citizens Starve

venezuela-cakeLet them eat cake!

As Venezuelans starve and grocery store shelves stand bare, its government has spent tens of thousands of dollars to bake a massive cake for the birthday of dead dictator Hugo Chavez, according to Venezuelan press.

La Patilla, a popular news website in the country that often writes in opposition to the socialist government, is reporting the more than 200-pound cake is built as an “architectural replica” of Chavez’s mausoleum.

Socialism, the ideology of equality? Nope.

Indeed, it seems the ruling elite was able to get access to obscene quantities of ingredients, which the news website estimates altogether cost more than $65,000 or 650,000 Bolivars (the Venezuelan currency).

La Patilla reports the cake was made from 720 eggs, 44 gallons of milk, 50 pounds of butter, 200 pounds of flour and 200 more pounds of sugar. Twitchy

Socialism: Venezuela Has A New ‘Forced Labor’ Law That Can Require People To Work In Fields

Nicolás Maduro, President of Venezuela
Nicolás Maduro, President of Venezuela

Another socialists utopia descent into a gulag; despotism and mass slavery.

International human rights activists are complaining that new laws have introduced forced labour in Venezuela.

“A new decree establishing that any employee in Venezuela can be effectively made to work in the country’s fields as a way to fight the current food crisis is unlawful and effectively amounts to forced labor,” Amnesty International said in a statement released on Thursday.

President Nicolás Maduro signed a decree at the end of last week that gives powers to the labor ministry to order “all workers from the public and private sector with enough physical capabilities and technical know-how” to join a government drive aimed at increasing food production.

They can be required to work in the agricultural sector for a 60-day period that can be extended for another 60 days “if the circumstances require it.” […[

The latest decree states its aim is to “guarantee food supply, social justice, and democracy,” and claims it is necessary as “a defense against the economic war.” It comes at a time when President Maduro is also struggling to hold off efforts by the political opposition to force a referendum on whether he should remain in office. Vice

Venezuela’s Humanitarian Crisis

1 meal a day.  Children’s growth stunted.

Death rates are soaring as hospitals have chronic shortages of antibiotics, intravenous solutions, even food, reported the New York Times.


Last summer, the Daily Mail reported how rampant opossums had infested the Luiz Razetti Hospital, killing 17 newborns.

That was just the start of months of misery at the center, according to the New York Times.  In just one day, the newspaper’s reporters witnessed the deaths of seven babies since there were no oxygen tanks [a blackout], and doctors had to pump air into their lungs by hand.   Daily Mail

Socialism always fails.

President Nicolas Maduro has refused attempts to seek international or monetary support for the country’s healthcare system that he says would effectively ‘privatize’ healthcare.

The socialist leader, Hugo Chavez’s successor, claims such a move would have devastating impacts on the country.

And he even insists Venezuela’s healthcare is one of the best in the world: ‘I doubt that anywhere in the world, except in Cuba, there exists a better health system than this one,’ he said…

Like his late predecessor[Hugo Chavez], Maduro regularly accuses the US of spying and illegal intervention. Daily Mail

Venezuelan President Maduro Says Venezuela Has Captured U.S. Citizens Linked To Espionage

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Venezuela President Maduro announced that they have captured Americans, including a pilot, that were engaged in espionage.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday his government had captured Americans, including a pilot, involved in espionage activities and said U.S. citizens in the future will have to seek visas to come to the OPEC nation.

Speaking during a rally, he said his government will prohibit some U.S. officials from entering Venezuela in retaliation for a similar measure by the government of President Barack Obama against a group of Venezuelan public officials.

“We have captured some U.S. citizens in undercover activities, espionage, trying to win over people in towns along the Venezuelan coast,” he said, adding one was a U.S. pilot taken in the convulsed border state of Tachira.

“In Tachira we captured a pilot of a U.S. plane (who is) of Latin origin (carrying) all kinds of documentation,” Maduro said, without offering details.

A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Caracas said he was unable to comment, citing a lack of any official diplomatic communication with the Venezuelan government. Reuters

Four Missionaries from North Dakota that were being detained and questioned by Venezuela authorities left that country this week.

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